The November 2011 SLWRP meeting focused on food scraps at home and at school.
In 2008, Alameda County, homes, restaurants and other businesses sent 222,457 tons of food waste to landfill- enough to fill nearly 32,000 garbage trucks. Almost 40% of all waste sent to landfill could be composted using existing systems and technologies. These findings and more are detailed in the 2008 Waste Characterization Study- a massive scale waste audit- that examined loads of garbage being deposited in the landfill.
The bulk of the November SLWRP meeting focused on discussing best practices and challenges in implementing food scrap diversion programs at school. Participants met in small groups to share approaches, solve problems, and identify challenges to implementing food scrap diversion at middle and high schools.
Participants captured their ideas on the Food Scraps at School Planning Tool (click through to check it out). The tool is divided into quadrants focused on:
- Upstream Actions that a school might take before food is served (work with purchasing to eliminate plastic wrap, educate students about food scraps, etc)
- Downstream Actions that a school might take after food waste is produced (sorting stations for students to divert leftover scraps, custodial training for moving/managing food scraps, etc)
- "Front of the House" systems that are visible to students in the cafeteria, classrooms and other public spaces
- "Back of the House" systems that are out of view of most students (operations in the kitchen, for example)
- What's in the Trash? 70.00 Kb
- Waste Characterization Study Summary Table 88.24 Kb
- 2008 Waste Characterization Study Report
- Scrap It! Video
- Wasted Food Blog
- Alameda Waste Diversion Signs
- Waste Reduction and Climate Change .ppt 9.52 Mb